Experience churches within your community
In our world today, we seem to always be on the go.
We go from point A to point B, and tend to give
little consideration to what is in between. One of
the easiest things we can drive past and forget about
are the churches in our community.
The churches that we drive by are not just empty buildings
with nothing going on, as each church represents a
community of people who are united in one purpose. It
is a purpose which belongs to Jesus.
None of the people that you will encounter
in the church are perfect. Actually, each
church is filled with imperfect people who sin
on a daily basis. Remember, it is not the people
that define whether or not church is relevant
for you and me, but what defines the relevancy
of the church in our world today is the purpose
for its gathering.
The reason the church gathers is Jesus.
A church is founded upon Christ, and seeks
to know Christ better every day, all while having
a goal of loving the community in the name of Christ
and sharing the gospel, something which is absolutely
relevant in our world today.
The world that we are in seems to be getting a bit
stranger every day. It is increasingly more important in
this day and time to be plugged into a Bible-believing
Why is that? Because a church is a body of believers in
Christ that exist in the community together in order to
honor and glorify God, to live life with one another, and
to share the gospel of Christ with everyone we come into
contact with. The church is called to be a place of healing,
a place where love and peace can be found and a place
where the lost can find a home.
In Roman 12:9 we are told the church exists to “Let
love be without hypocrisy. Detest evil; cling to what is
good. Love one another deeply as brothers and sisters.”
Sometimes people in the church can fall short on this.
Although we must remember even if we find ourselves
in those times not to run from the church but to run to
it. We should be loving others as we see God, calling His
church to do the same as we are told in this letter to the
Roman church. This type of love requires sincere effort
and heart which can only happen when that
love is transformed by the love which Christ
has demonstrated for us at the cross.
This kind of love only comes from God. In
1 John 4:19 it states, “We love, because He
(God) first loved us.” God’s love is the source
of all human love, and it spreads like a fire.
With God loving His children, He fans the
flame in our hearts, and with that flame burning
brightly it warms those around them.
To be a part of a church that loves others
well is to be a part of where God’s love is present.
His love is not for the few, but rather something
that everyone reading this article can experience in a
I encourage you to enjoy the beauty that is around you
in your point A to point B commute while remembering
the next time you drive by to check out the churches
around you. Who knows? You may find yourself a part of
a faith-filled family that loves one another well.
Cody Dean is the Associate Pastor of Discipleship and
Education at Edgewood Baptist Church located at 717 S.
Main St. in Nicholasville. He is a 2013 graduate of Clear
Creek Baptist Bible College in Pineville, Kentucky. He currently
lives in Nicholasville with his wife, Demetria, and
three sons, Josiah, Jonah, and Jeremiah.